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The Pub / Re: Let the Games Begin!
« on: February 03, 2014, 12:57:20 PM »
What a weird game.  Manning looked really good, which will further irritate their fans when they don't win the superbowl again.


You can also stick a racking cane on the end of the tubing to make it easier to insert and position to the bottom of your carboy.  If you don't like shutting the gas off at the regulator when purging multiple bags at once, put a shutoff valve inline.

The Pub / Re: Brand Loyalty
« on: November 20, 2013, 07:52:38 PM »
We all have loyalty... it's just based on different things.   Macro drinkers are loyal and mostly focused on advertisement, but there are plenty of craft beer drinkers who are loyal to brands that I think are utter s***e  ;).  I hate to perpetuate the "n00b" craft beer drinker stereotype, but we all go through phases on the path to enlightenment, and when you look back at the person who is obsessed with hops, high alcohol beers, Arrogant Bastard, or that local brewery that isn't that good, you feel the same sense of superiority.  But for all I know my current zen "all beer styles are equally worthy" mindset is as shallow as anything else.  I can at least tell you more about those styles than most craft beer fans.

It's no coincidence that Stone advertises, and does so often in craft beer avenues.  How do you think you get that big?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Co2 Tank inside freezer is freezing?!?!
« on: October 31, 2013, 06:33:56 AM »
If it's only showing 200-400 psi at room temperature, the tank is running on fumes at this point.  Literally... the liquid CO2 has all evaporated and only gas is left, at a much lower pressure.  So this would read quite low when the tank is chilled.

The Pub / Re: Another time killer
« on: October 28, 2013, 09:51:24 AM »
Someone opened their beer with a gun?  Never good when people start imitating the social commentary of Homer Simpson.

If you're still around and don't mind a longer drive, this weekend is the Real Ale Fest, a cask-only beer fest and the best event of Baltimore beer week. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: double brew .. 1 fermentor
« on: October 22, 2013, 02:40:55 PM »
This is actually a common practice.  If you pitch enough yeast for the first batch and add the second after 24 hours (after aeratign), you will grow enough yeast for the whole batch.

Beer Recipes / Re: Copyright
« on: October 21, 2013, 07:35:37 AM »
They didn't call it "black patent" malt for nothing!  Of course, the patent applied to the process to manufacture it, not brewing with it.

Ingredients / Re: Gimme some sugar!
« on: October 19, 2013, 07:57:58 PM »
I thought beet sugar was always completely refined before use, and thus basically sucrose.  So although it's popular in Europe for making candy syrup due to availability, the raw ingredient isn't any different than table sugar. 

Going Pro / Re: Sewer ejector system
« on: October 19, 2013, 07:02:57 PM »
Let it be known that anyone who will be in the greater Baltimore/Washington area is welcome to stop by and try to convince me to not waste money on a big boy system.  If I don't do it now, it might end up going to some thing like a wedding  :o

Please bring beer, micro, nano, pico, femto, home, prison, toilet, or otherwise.  You might get to try some kriek if you're lucky.

Going Pro / Re: Sewer ejector system
« on: October 19, 2013, 10:42:58 AM »
Thanks guys.  Good info.  I'll give you an update once I talk to the proper authorities.  In the meantime I can create another thread where you can do your contractually obliged duty to talk me out of it. ;)

Going Pro / Re: Sewer ejector system
« on: October 19, 2013, 10:01:07 AM »
Thanks Martin.  I'll be sure to take that into account.

Making money?  What kind of plan is that?  ;) I'd consider this a 5 year trial.  If I can pay for the equipment and lease, that's a success.  I'm definitely not interested in going the pub/restaurant route, at least not yet.  As much as brewing can be a full time job, restaurant management is that x 5.

Going Pro / Re: Sewer ejector system
« on: October 19, 2013, 06:36:46 AM »
It sounds to me like you will need to pump your wastewater uphill to the nearest wastewater collection system wet well/lift station.  This will entail having your own wastewater wet well and grinding sump pump.

You will also need to neutralize any caustic or acidic waste your brewery produces before you can send it to the municipal waste collection system.  No big deal.  A small wastewater pretreatment collection tank (3000 - 4000gal) will probably do.

They may also make you reduce your BOD5 load too. (The solution to pollution is dilution).

Rule of thumb, brewery-wise:  you will generate 5 gallons of wastewater for every gallon of beer you brew.

You should talk to a wastewater engineer (Environmental or Civil)

Thanks, that makes sense.  Still not sure if this would be too much cost or hassle.  Remember, I'm talking nano here.  What did Hess do, since he brewed outside, let everything run down the storm drain?

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: October 18, 2013, 05:28:19 PM »
High of 69 today.  We've had an amazing Indian summer this past month, aside from a bunch of tropical storm rain last week.  Considering how humid regular summer is, this has been preferable.

Going Pro / Re: Sewer ejector system
« on: October 18, 2013, 05:21:23 PM »
Eventually I think a farmhouse with hops and grain, brewery barn, and land for events would be ideal.  SO loves animals so she'll be on goat duty.  Not quite there yet.

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